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Definition of ricochet verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ricochet

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪ//
 
, also BrE//ˈrɪkəʃet//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ricochet
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪ//
 
, also BrE//ˈrɪkəʃet//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪ//
 
he / she / it ricochets
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪz//
 
, BrE//ˈrɪkəʃetz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪz//
 
past simple ricocheted
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪd//
 
past participle ricocheted
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪd//
 
past simple ricochetted
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkəʃetɪd//
 
past participle ricochetted
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkəʃetɪd//
 
-ing form ricocheting
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪɪŋ//
 
-ing form ricochetting
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkəʃetɪŋ//
 
 
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(ricocheting
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪɪŋ//
 
, ricocheted, ricocheted
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪkəʃeɪd//
 
, (British English also)ricochetting
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkəʃetɪŋ//
 
, ricochetted, ricochetted
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkəʃetɪd//
 
)
[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of a moving object) to hit a surface and come off it fast at a different angle The bullet ricocheted off a nearby wall. The van hit the side of the bridge and ricocheted across the road.
Word Origin mid 18th cent.: from French, of unknown origin.
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